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Here is what they are teaching in the
English Department at the University of Haifa (guest lecturer from
Tel Aviv University). The
following was sent in an internal mailing to the Segel-Plus
list of faculty members at University of
Please join us next Wednesday for this year's
last meeting of the English Department Seminar.
Amalia Ziv (Tel Aviv University) will present
"Transgressing Gender, Betraying Nationality: The Performative
Politics of Black Laundry" (see abstract below).
Migdal Eshkol, room 1620; 23/7 at 12:15
“Transgressing Gender, Betraying Nationality:
The Performative Politics of Black Laundry”
The Israeli queer activist group “Black
Laundry” emerged in 2001 following the outbreak of the second
Intifada. Black Laundry effected a two-fold shift in Israeli LGBT
politics both in its move from identity politics narrowly defined
(i.e. a politics focused solely on the interests of the LGBT
community) to a politics of identification concerned with the
occupation as well as with other types of oppression, and in its
style of activism that favored performative strategies.
Situating the group in relation to mainstream
LGBT politics on the one hand and traditional Israeli left politics
on the other, the talk explores the implications of its performative
practices vis--vis hegemonic constructions of citizenship and
political subjectivity. It also examines the links between political
performativity and the performative construction of queer
identities, and asks about the relation between performative
practices and a politics of identification, and the ways in which
sexual and gender dissidence translates into identification with
other oppressed groups.
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